Bertil Roos Graduate Shines on a Gloomy Day In England!
November 19, 2005
Silverstone, England….Bertil Roos Racing School graduate Conor Daly, representing Team USA Scholarship, has won the Walter Hayes Trophy and race. The event was held November 2nd at Silverstone in England.
The 16 year old Daly, an Indiana native, and son of former F1 and Indycar star Derek Daly, becomes the youngest driver to win the prestigious race, which is named after one of the originators of Formula Ford. The trophy presentation was made by Hayes’ widow Elizabeth, in the Clubhouse of the British Racing Drivers Club.
Daly started on the outside second row of the 36 car finals field, in extremely wet and cold conditions. He gained the lead at mid race after Scottish Formula Ford Champion Graham Carroll slid off the track at Luffield. Daly controlled the field for the balance of the race, minimizing mistakes, and setting fastest race lap to boot.
Despite a slight dropoff in popularity in recent years, Formula Ford is still considered to be the spawning ground for future open wheel stars in both the US and abroad.
Daly began his open wheel training at the prestigious Bertil Roos Racing School, at the tender age of 14, in late 2006. He was personally tutored by Roos President Dennis Macchio.
“We have had our share of talented young drivers coming up through our programs over the years, but none showed the track maturity of Conor at such an early age,” Macchio said. “We are confident that he has a big future ahead of him.”
Daly’s victory represented the third straight Walter Hayes Trophy win for Cliff Dempsey Racing.
For more information on the Bertil Roos Racing School, call the Roos Office at 1-800-722-3669.